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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: Fauquier Heritage Institute presents War Between the States Sesquicentennial Lecture Series

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Fauquier Heritage Institute presents War Between the States Sesquicentennial Lecture Series

WARRENTON, VA – The 2011 edition of the annual Fauquier Heritage Institute Lectures in American History features distinguished local historians and nationally acclaimed scholars to address a variety of topics of local and national significance pertaining to the momentous 1861-65 War Between the States on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the epic struggle. The special Sesquicentennial lecture seminars will take place on four different Saturdays; 22 January, 26 March, 1 October and 12 November; beginning at 8:30 AM in the John Barton Payne Building, located at 2 Courthouse Square, on Main Street, in Old Town Warrenton, Virginia. Admission is free to the public and the lectures are sponsored by the Fauquier County Public Library.

On Saturday, 22 January 2011, the Institute will present its first special retrospective seminar program in the series, “Fauquier During the War Between the States,” presented with special cooperation by the Liberty Heritage Society. The free day-long seminar, with panel discussion, special exhibits, intermissions and a break for lunch, will begin with complimentary refreshments, treats and an Overview at 8:30 AM. Lecture 1 will begin at 9:00 AM by LTC Joseph W. McKinney, USA (Ret.), "Armies on the Move: Cavalry Actions in Fauquier in 1863." Lecture 2 will begin at 10:15 AM by Mr. Donald R. Tharpe, "The War Between the States in Fauquier County." Lecture 3 will begin at 11:15 AM by Mr. James G. Flanagan, "The Rappahannock River: The Line in the Sand." Following the 12:15 PM Lunch Break, Lecture 4 will begin at 1:00 PM by Mr. Richard Deardorff, "Fauquier County on the Eve of War." Lecture 5 will begin at 2:30 PM by Mr. Lon Lacey, Jr., "Small Arms Evolution and Tactics During the War"

The day-long free seminar will provide interested students of history with a unique window into our County history during the War, and to view rarely seen or never before published images pertaining to illustrious Fauquier County and Southern defenders and citizen-soldiers; maps; historic items and original research. The program will culminate with a special presentation which will analyze small arms development and availability during the War; highlighting the type, availability and capability of the small arms carried by the infantry and cavalry soldiers of both sides in conflict, with discussion of the specific impact on the tactics used and the resultant outcome of battles. The analysis will feature historic examples from actual Confederate and Union military units, and other physical exhibits from the period. According to presenter Lacey, “One cannot read alone and thereby truly understand the battles of this period without an understanding of the arms which were available to the soldiers at that time and how those assets were deployed.”

About our guest lecture presenters:

LTC Joseph W. McKinney, USA (Ret.), graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1970, where he received his Infantry commission and saw subsequent service in a variety of command and staff assignments in the United States, Germany and Viet Nam. LTC McKinney also served as a senior investigator for the Department of Defense Inspector General. He is the author of the book, "Brandy Station, June 9, 1863: The Largest Cavalry Battle of the Civil War," and conducts a series of tours of the Brandy Station Battlefield each summer, where he lives on a nearby farm and is considered an authoritative source on the subject. LTC McKinney is a member of the Brandy Station Foundation, and is presently researching the June, 1864 Battle of Trevilian Station.

Mr. Donald R. Tharpe, a Fauquier County, Virginia native, has studied architecture and archaeology in Virginia and abroad in places such as Israel, Jordan, Greece and Turkey. He is currently researching the social, economic, religious, and legal history of Fauquier County. He is a lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution and serves as an advisor to numerous Virginia state and national museums and historical organizations. Mr. Tharpe obtained a B.S. degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University; he also holds a Masters from the Divinity School of Regent University, and is completing his doctoral program there. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Germanna Foundation and is the Founder of the Liberty Heritage Society. Mr. Tharpe is also completing his book documenting the early settlement along Licking Run in Midland, Virginia.

Mr. James G. Flanagan has been a resident of Fauquier County for over 30 years and is a noted educator who has actively promoted education of our regional War Between the States heritage for three decades. Mr. Flanagan holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Biological Sciences and is completing his doctoral program at the University of Maryland. He has received several Institutes in Science teaching opportunities from the National Science Foundation, and is a recently retired teacher in the Prince William County Public Schools and the Governor's School in Stafford. He is the Founder and Past-President of the Fauquier County Civil War Roundtable; and avid researcher and tour guide for the Kelly's Ford Battlefield. A poet and author, Mr. Flanagan is completing his book on Kelly's Ford which will provide an authoritative historiography and analysis of the site. He has addressed many regional heritage organizations and was selected among five regional counties as the 2010 "Teacher of the Year" by the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution for his contributions to American history education. Mr. Flanagan is also the Education Coordinator for the Liberty Heritage Society.

Mr. Richard Deardorff is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and noted educator, historian and Social Studies teacher in the Fauquier County Public Schools with over 35 years experience. Mr. Deardorff currently teaches AP/DE U.S. Government and American Civil War History classes at Kettle Run High School, where he has received special recognition for his teaching, volunteer community service and heritage preservation efforts. Mr. Deardorff's interest in the War Between the States dates back to the Centennial observances a half-century ago, and he currently serves as a tour guide for the Brandy Station Foundation and the Liberty Heritage Society Museum. He is a member of the Longstreet Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Center for Civil War Photography. Mr. Deardorff also conducts tours of Old Town Warrenton, where he promotes local heritage education in his public outreach efforts.

Mr. Lon Lacey, Jr., is a retired FBI Special Agent and served the Bureau in a distinguished career as Bank Robbery Coordinator; Field Supervisor; Firearms and Legal Instructor; SWAT Team Leader; FBI Headquarters Supervisor in Washington, D.C.; FBI Inspector; Assistant Agent in Charge in the San Antonio Division; Section Chief at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia; and Special Agent in Charge for the State of Connecticut. He also served as a tenured Instructor and Department Coordinator for the Public Service and Occupation Education Department; Criminal Justice Department; and the Victoria College Regional Police Training Academy in Texas. Mr. Lacey is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as Sergeant for six years. His education includes a B.A. in History from the University of Texas (1958); and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law (1964), whereupon he was admitted to the Texas State Bar. Mr. Lacey is a Quantico Chapter member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, and currently serves as Color Guard Commander for the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution. He is a 35-year veteran of the North-South Skirmish Association, an organization which preserves the history, firearms and artifacts of the War Between the States era. He has won numerous top awards for his competitive shooting.

The Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of Virginia and American history. To that end, the Institute hosts a yearly series of public lectures that seek to promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our local, regional and national history.

Additional program and Guest Lecturer details for each seminar will be posted via the Fauquier County Library web site, in addition to local and national papers throughout the year. The Fauquier Heritage Institute welcomes and encourages all volunteers to aid our special events programs and lecture series in a variety of capacities. Contact Program Chair, Mr. Gar Schulin at 540-349-5864; for additional information.


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